A New Winter Anthem.

Monday, 29 December 2008

White Winter Hymnal from Grandchildren on Vimeo.
I fall asleep to these fellows.

Une Mere et Sa Fille.

(via Monmartre's Sketchbook, via Stylesightings)

I have been obsessing and fawning over this photo since I saw it over on Renee's blog, a favorite of mine. The mother is wearing boots from The Kooples, an offshoot of Comptoir des Cotonniers the brand that does the great mother and daughter shots like this one. Even though this picture was shot in NYC, I swear they are French touristes!
I love how each has their own style, but at the same time they are so similar.
I want my winter wardrobe to look like theirs.
Thus, I made a polyvore collage to dream about.

Quelquechose. by ericaknits

Happy Holidays.

Sunday, 28 December 2008

I hope your holidays have been swell. I visited with lots of family and had a great time exchanging gifts, including some great etsy gifts that I will take pictures of in the future. As for now, I am relaxing and getting geared up to write the biggest paper of my life. I have narrowed down the topic to fashion articles from the 1960s in rural Manitoba. Wish me luck!

Of course no Canadian winter is complete without at least one hockey game.
I even wore flannel to really get in the spirit.
Unfortunately, yet not unexpectedly, the home team lost.

I leave you with one of the gifts I received from Luke.
A little Treeson, and arm warmers from my mom.

Snowflakes are delicious.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

The other night I made some cupcakes to share with my co-workers.
There wasn't a single one left at the end of the day.

White chocolate snowflakes, vanilla buttercream icing, and vanilla cupcakes.

Every time I make cupcakes I remember this wonderful gal who makes
the best cupcake deliveries on the web.
Turns out she is a pastry chef, among other things.
How talented!

I saved four to wrap up and give to my lovely lunchtime visitors.
White box, tied with string.

Tonight I made another batch for my sister's 16th birthday.
My baby sister is growing up so fast!


Friday, 19 December 2008

Oh, I just love her, and her APC coat.
via Garance Dore.


Thursday, 18 December 2008

I'm pretty sure my boyfriend would love this party.
I think he'd even trade Christmas for this party.
via Black*Effiel (via stephmodo)

And this:

Shot Gun Love Necklace from Verameat.

Bella's Mittens

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Bella's Mittens, originally uploaded by gherkin's bucket.

So I finally went to see Twilight in theaters last week, and to be honest, it was okay... The standout of the whole movie was the mittens Bella (the main character) wore. Can you tell I'm a knitter?
They were elbow length, made from a thick wool, and looked so cozy!

As soon as I'm done Christmas knitting I'm making up a pair of these.
Subliminal Rabbit was kind enough to share her pattern on her blog.

One Day.

Now that exams are almost finished, I've spent most of my days in a local museum doing research. I am reading the articles of a local fashion reporter dating from the '60s and '70s.

Baby, It's Cold Outside.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Good morning!
What a morning to wake up to!
A common sight during prairie winters.
Thus, many of us spend our winters indoors!
The second gift guide will be all about the gift of
entertainment to keep your friends and family busy in the
wintertime. It's getting so close to Christmas, so the remaining gift ideas will be ones you can source locally. I hope, :)!

Settlers of Catan, from $30.00.Boys love boardgames. This one is really competitive but easy to learn; a nice break from Monopoly.

Knitting Kit, from 29.99 Pounds . Of course I would promote this one, :).
This one is from letterbox, but you could easily put one
together on your own. Include yarn, needles, an instruction book,
and other knitting goodies.

A beautiful journal. Around 34.00. For recording dreams, plans, and sketches.

The History of Love by Nicola Krauss. 14.00. Such a good book

Not to mention Twilight. If you know someone who hasn't read this series, it would make a great gift. The book holds up to the hype.

Pushing Daisies Season One. Around 30.00

I have yet to meet a single person who can't enjoy this show.

Keep warm!

Stylish Warmth

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

When I was younger I always hated getting into warm clothes, because I felt like bundling up was hardly stylish. I would pile on layers until I felt warm enough, but refused to wear sensible winter boots, and coats. Which probably explains why I've had frostbite on my poor little ears. It wasn't until I discovered Swedish and Finnish style blogs that I realized staying warm could look good. The girls of Tjesajten give the best description of Manitoba cold, and how to make it work.

I can't remember where this one is from, sorry.

Therefore, the first of my gift guides (why not!) will focus on the gift of warmth.

Suri Mittens. 200.00.
Pipsqueak Chapeau.
Include a snowball fight.

Cable Knit Scarf. 34.50.
American Eagle.
This is beautiful in person.
Include a trip to the skating oval.

A big cuddly red scarf is certain to keep a loved one warm.
Wikstenmade. Check Jenny's blog for details.
Include instructions on how to emulate this cute hairstyle.

The Hinterland Stole. 40.00.
Include a winter stroll for two with hot chocolate.Cable Knit Arm Warmers. 18.00
Urban Outfitters.
To brighten up the winter uniform.
Include a picture taking excursion.

Yarn Over Movement's Chunky Moss Cowl.
40.00. YarnOverMovement.
Include instructions on how to affect this attitude.Tall Grey Mukluks. 210.00.
Fleece Line. Made in Manitoba.
Include a hike in the snow.

Don't forget that a hand-knitted gift is perfect, too.
It's not to late to whip up these toast/toasty hand warmers.

Craft Sale Goodies.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Yesterday, Luke and I drove into the big city to check out a craft sale.
I may have found a few things.
A coin purse and a cute print.
The socks were not from the craft sale, they're Joe.
They were too cute not to include.

The craft sale was held in an old movie theatre.
I cannot resist old movie theatres.
When I was in high school I worked at one until it was shut down and
replaced with a multiplex.

One more paper, two more finals.
Then it's only my mini thesis until January, hooray!


I love driving around to look at Christmas lights.
This house is a personal favorite.
I think they took National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
very seriously.
Thank goodness for LEDs, otherwise the power to turn this on
would cost a fortune!

The newest Piksi hat. :)

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

I saw this hat in an issue of Cosmo Girl yesterday.
I wonder if it is the original?

It's cute.

Head to Toe

Monday, 24 November 2008

Inspired by cute Swedes.
I threw an oversize blazer over my dress, grabbed a scarf, threw my hair up and headed out the door.
This is also so I can show off my new earrings. :)

Winter is here.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

1. Home Inspiration, 2. morning like a night, 3. DSCF0397, 4. snowfall, 5. cupcakes, 6. i made a hat, 7. snowcap, 8. garden gate, 9. Untitled

I love the soft blue light of winter.
Winter always inspires so much knitting.
For my next project I want to make a huge seed-stitch blanket, like the one underneath the fur in the first picture. But right now, I am making socks like Melinda, and piksi hats. See that red hat in the bottom right corner, doesn't Caitlyn have such beautiful hair? Not to mention Jenny in her own hand knit "Le Slouch," adorable. I love those purple walls. I'm also love with that middle row. I think it's about time I find a big mason jar to add a little light to my room. And make those vegan cupcakes that look oh so scrumptious. Excuse me, I'm off to make a wreath of ice.

Well, actually I'm off to write a paper.

Like Children.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Coeur de Pirate || Comme des enfants from Dare To Care Records on Vimeo.
I love this video. Doesn't just make you want to go out and decorate your city?
'Tis the season for tinsel and shiny balls.
Coeur de Pirate. (The Pirate's Heart)
(via fourtysixthatgrace.)

Thomas tie

Thomas tie, originally uploaded by fieldguided.

The Fieldguided Etsy shop is open!

Winter boots are out.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Winter boots are out., originally uploaded by erica_knits.

There was a new blanket of snow on the ground. I almost hate to make those first footprints.
Reasons to love winter:
Shades of white, blue, and brown.
Fake Fur-lined boots.

Remember this skirt?

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

wardrobe remix, originally uploaded by wikstenmade.

Jenny's pattern for this skirt is in the a special issue of Stitch magazine.
I was going to wait and see if I could find it in a store, but then I panicked and thought it might sell out, like her Wiksten clothing does. So I ordered it today. You can order it here.
There is even a pattern from Martha in it, too!

To looking cute in the kitchen, and a day of remembering

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

(Picture from Calikartel)

My boyfriend sent me this picture this morning. Baking and fashion. Cute, no?
Oh, I am in a Christmas-y mood already.
I've been buying up a few gifts on etsy and stockpiling them away.
Other great news Mociun has an online store.
Wouldn't a girl look cute baking in this skirt?
I have been admiring this fringe scarf since Nylonmag.com posted the fall collection lookbook . Also, another beautiful post from Nikole on what it means to be a Canadian today.
Not to mention a preview of her Christmas shop.

Like Nikole mentioned today is Remembrance Day.
It is a day to remember our soldiers that have fought and died in World Wars I and II, and all the other wars, including the current battle in Afghanistan.
On Nov. 11 in the year 1918 an armistice was signed to end WWI.

It is worth remembering that 90 years ago today was the day meant to end all war.

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